Meaning of “imperative” in the English Dictionary

"imperative" in English

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imperativeadjective

uk /ɪmˈper.ə.tɪv/ us /ɪmˈper.ə.t̬ɪv/

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imperativenoun

uk /ɪmˈper.ə.tɪv/ us /ɪmˈper.ə.t̬ɪv/

imperative noun (GRAMMAR)

B2 [ S ] specialized language the form of a verb that is usually used for giving orders:

In the phrase "Leave him alone!", the verb "leave" is an imperative/is in the imperative.

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(Definition of “imperative” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"imperative" in American English

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imperativeadjective

us /ɪmˈper·ə·t̬ɪv/

imperative adjective (URGENT)

imperativenoun

us /ɪmˈper·ə·t̬ɪv/

imperative noun (GRAMMAR)

grammar [ U ] the mood (= form) of a verb used for giving orders:

In the phrase "Leave him alone," the verb "leave" is in the imperative.

imperative noun (SOMETHING URGENT)

[ C ] something that needs to be done or given attention immediately:

The government has a moral imperative to provide equal access to high-quality education for all children.

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imperative

There is an imperative need for a new policy, based on codevelopment, conflict prevention, and the rejection of the dictates of the financial markets.
In the context of this unending struggle, it was imperative to reform the old instrument in order to enhance its effectiveness.
The purpose of this manipulation is to challenge the triple imperative of security of supply, of confidentiality in matters of defence and national security and of national independence.
I therefore feel that, as far as this matter is concerned, it is imperative that we focus primarily on interinstitutional programming.
Secondly, it is imperative that the surge in air traffic and its impact on the increase in greenhouse gas emissions are included in the process.
Whilst the group accepts that these two species are caught on the continental shelf, it is imperative that they are properly regulated.
The strategic imperative for 2003 must therefore be full and more efficient utilisation of the agricultural budget, including flexible use of resources for new rural development programmes.
Enlargement was, and still is, imperative in order to prevent destabilisation in the candidate countries, as well as the expressions of such destabilisation.
I believe that we must now try, following your debates, to define the key ways, in terms of both method and means, in order to ensure compliance with this imperative.
I hope the approach that we are following both demonstrates practicality and the imperative of giving this the attention which it deserves.